Wednesday on The Daily Weekly Nina Shapiro wrote about Alan Gottlieb, the head of Bellevue's Second Amendment Foundation, who in the wake of the Newtown massacre released a statement placing the blame on the lack of guns at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Alan Gottlieb took a different tack. On Friday, the head of Bellevue's Second Amendment Foundation issued a statement that placed the blame for the massacre on the lack of guns at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Posted on the Facebook page of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a sister organization of the Second Amendment Foundation, the statement says:
"How many more tragedies does it take before we do something? How many more children have to die before this country realizes that No Gun Zones create perfect locations for violence? You can not stop criminals and mad men with laws, you can only stop violence with the fear of armed victims."
Could he really be arguing that we should stock elementary school with guns? Would we hand them out to 6- and 7-year-olds to make sure that they're "armed victims?"
"You got to understand something," says Dave Workman, a spokesperson for the Gottlieb-headed groups. "We've been talking about this over here, BSing." And this is the self-defense scenario he says they've come up with: "A person, a volunteer, an adviser or a teacher, they've got some training and they keep a gun locked up somewhere, away from the kids, that would only be used in an emergency...It would be like having a fire extinguisher."
That idea at least seems a little less crazy that Gottlieb's quote first sounds. Workman also cites the example of Joel Myrick, a Mississippi assistant principal who in 1997 grabbed a pistol he kept in his car to stop a teenager then on a rampage.
However, not everyone was buying Gottlieb's argument.
As commenter Daniel Carvallo writes:
Meh. That won't solve much. Gun free zones are prone to be more gun violent it's true, but it doesn't dictate mental illness. Prevention is the best route. We have to prevent things like this from happening by making sure that crazy people don't have access to guns, legal or not. Mental illness is the name of the game, not gun control. You don't give loaded weapons to mental patients, right? I also wonder if pharmaceutical companies are to blame for 40 years of unstable drugs? Could this sudden bout of mental illness that seems to happen more and more be attributed in part to medicating our kids since birth? Mental illness is the smoking gun here in my opinion